RPA Recommends Radan Software





28 January 2008: Involved in the sheet metalworking market for some 17 years, machine tool trading company RPA Ltd has built its business around a core strength – that of solid customer service and support. Specialising in the supply of CNC punch presses, the company is a Radan strategic partner and as such, recommends the company’s powerful sheet metal CAD/CAM software to its customers.


“Well established worldwide, Radan’s success lies in its wealth of industry experience,” comments RPA chief engineer John Nobles. “It was established when NC machines had computers the size of an office and only 52k of memory. Yet the company is so on top of today’s game that, in the heart of China, it was already proven on Yawei machines months before Nisshinbo-Japan had given the punch presses its seal of approval for export to Europe and the US.“


RPA’s team of hard-working machine tool engineers supports the whole range of CNC sheet metalworking machines: press brakes, guillotines, lasers, de-coilers, plasma and punching machines – and offers a one-stop shop for turret punch presses. The company’s main business activity revolves around a continuous machine rebuild programme – buying used machines, subjecting them to a full ‘blueprint’ refurbishment and then recommissioning them as warranted rebuilds.


Six years ago Nisshinbo withdrew from the European machine tool market and appointed RPA as its sole agent for punching machines, press brakes and shears for the UK, Ireland and the Middle East. This involves holding all of the machine records and an extensive stock of consigned spares. Meanwhile, Nisshinbo set up an engineering base within Yawei Machine Tools of China to oversee the redesign and manufacture of a new range of punching machines.


“We were also appointed as Yawei-Nisshinbo agent for the UK, providing sales and support and continuing to recommend Radan to all of our customers,” explains general sales manager Sonny Brown. “The re-introduction of the Nisshinbo machines to the UK market has resulted in the two companies working much closer together.”


RPA’s initial launch of Nisshinbo equipment will concentrate on the HPI and HPH range of punching machines – all Bridge-framed 30-ton, hydraulically powered with axis ranges of 1250 x 1250mm to 1500 x 2500mm. Competitively priced, they carry even higher specifications than the earlier Nisshinbos, including powered clamps and tool hoists, brush tables, lowered die mounts for easy changing, a multiplicity of auto-index stations and twin-track turret layouts.


“The machine rebuild programme continues, but we have found it necessary to introduce material handling as an option,” says Nobles. “Our customers are now able to purchase affordable used machines with all the facilities offered with new equipment – and the ability to work ‘lights out’.


“This has involved more extensive use of Radan software, as the customer requires a more holistic approach to the introduction of part programming onto the shop floor.”




About RPA Ltd
Since 1990 Berkshire-based machine tool trading company RPA Ltd has specialised in the supply and support of both new and warranted rebuild CNC punch presses. For further information please visit


About Radan

Radan is the most powerful sheet metal CAD/CAM software in the world, helping customers increase their material utilisation and reduce inventory – and offers a significant return on investment. Radan is a principal brand of the Planit Group – recently ranked by CIMdata as the world’s fastest growing CAM vendor, with most industrial users.  For further information visit www.radan.com


Planit is a global supplier of design and manufacturing software for the engineering, woodworking and stone industries.   The company provides its customers with products and services that enable them to improve the productivity of their machine tools, shorten design and manufacturing time, optimise material usage and deliver high quality goods and services to their customers. Planit’s solutions are best-in-class within their respective markets and are integral to the success of thousands of companies of every size around the globe. For additional information, visit www.planit.com


Editors’ note: For further information, contact Kevin O’Connor at Radan Computational Ltd on:
+44 (0) 1225 721330; email: sales@uk.radan.com or visit: www.radan.com   Editorial enquiries to Sue Deane at Anderson Burnbreck Ltd on: +44 (0)1242 518399
or email: sue@andburn.co.uk  


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